Liga MX Femenil update: Los cuatro grandes reign supreme
The Liga MX Femenil Clausura season has provided a lot of surprises, but through Jornada 4, the standings at the top are not one of them.
It’s hard to believe, but a quarter of the Clausura season has already gone by. In the past month there have been some crazy score lines with some surprising results, but overall los cuatro grandes end matchweek four at the top of Liga MX Femenil.
Juárez was robbed of a point
The Bravas from Juárez are one of four teams in league history who have never finished in the top eight, and it looks like this may be their season to rewrite history. Their biggest test so far was going up against third-place Chivas this past weekend. Juárez should have escaped the game with a point, but thanks to the referee, that did not happen.
🚨 ¡Polémica en el Akron!
🤔 ¿Era o no gol de Seoposenwe? ¡Mira la jugada y juzga tú mismo! ⬇️#ChivasFemenil 🔴⚪️ 2-0 #JuárezFemenil 🐴
📱 EN VIVO APP Telemundo Deportes ➡️ https://t.co/03FaJ16mbz#ChivasEnTelemundo pic.twitter.com/o3h63ojvjy
— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports) January 31, 2023
Jermaine Seoposenwe scored a goal that was wrongfully declared offsides. If VAR was available during the regular season (it’s currently only available during the Liguilla) the goal most likely would have counted and Juárez would have gotten at least a well-deserved point. But it was not to be—a sad day for Juárez for sure as they lost the game 2-1.
Is there any hope for Mazatlán?
Mazatlán has had their worst start in club history. They have not won a single game and have only scored one goal this season while allowing 21. That’s a minus-20 goal differential after just four games. Yikes.
A good result for Rayadas. I honestly feel for the Mazatlán players. From the outside looking it, it looks like they're being failed by the institution, not the other way around. #LigaMXFemEng https://t.co/rEPqd9B3Kr
— Eugene Rupiński (@GolazodelGringo) January 24, 2023
They scored their first goal of the season this past weekend, but still lost 3-1 at home. The team continues to struggle, and it’s mostly due to poor management by those in charge. Usually after a season concludes, management will offload half of the roster including the coach, rolling the dice for next season without much of a plan to succeed. This isn’t productive to building a winning culture, and as long as the higher ups continue to do this, Mazátlan will continue to be a bottom-of-the-table team.
Necaxa’s management clearly does not care
It has also been a brutal start for Necaxa, who currently sit in 16th place after losing 6-0 to Club América. It’s just sad what is happening with the women’s team, and even commentators on ViX had some strong words to say about the state of affairs at the club.
Necaxa's management of the women's team is a disgrace.
They haven't given them new jerseys for this season and also have to play with tape in the back of them (change of government, sponsor out).
Also, they have 16 goals against, 2 in favor, and 0 wins in 3 games played. pic.twitter.com/z2D1P9oGN2
— Melina Melinae (@melinae07) January 31, 2023
As the league continues to grow, so will the line splitting the teams between who invests in their women’s side versus teams who do not. For Necaxa it looks like the women’s side is an afterthought. This isn’t a total shock, but what makes this especially sad is that it’s happening to a club that seems to be so innovative on the men’s side. Whatever the case, either things at Necaxa need to improve or their spot should be taken by a club that actually cares.
Kiana Palacios is the new face of Club América
Palacios was struggling to get minutes just a year ago, and now she is currently the leading scorer in the league with nine goals in four games. ‘Super Ki,’ as fans and media have dubbed her, has proven why she is the starting striker for Las Águilas as she now has 27 goals with the club. Her hat trick against Necaxa added to that total, and also provided some awesome photo ops.
Alguien que celebre tus logros como @kattyabad10 los de @KianaPalacios #VamosPorEllas 👊 pic.twitter.com/hhUD9VuCRi
— LigaBBVAFemenil (@LigaBBVAFemenil) January 31, 2023
Her first two years were rough with injuries and limited minutes, but now under a new head coach Palacios has thrived and will continue to do so. She’s a big reason why América finds itself in the top four, even if they’re still two points behind the top three in Monterrey, Tigres, and Chivas. If Las Águilas find themselves competing for another Liga MX Femenil title, Palacios will be a big reason why.